Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

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The Providence Bruins finished the 2019 portion of their schedule by splitting a pair of road games.

They earned a 4-3 win in Springfield on Friday, then fell behind early and lost, 4-1, in Hartford on Saturday.

Providence has struggled with the Wolf Pack and goalie Igor Shesterkin so far, winning only one of six games.

“It wasn’t a very good game for us,’’ coach Jay Leach said after Saturday’s game. “We played a team that is defensively structured, plays inside and boxes out. We didn’t show enough resolve in those areas to get looks at their very good goaltender.”

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— With his 14th goal in Springfield, Jack Studnicka is tied for the lead in goals among AHL rookies and is third in points with 26. He leads the team in scoring with 14-12-26 in 33 games.

— Joona Koppanen scored Providence’s only goal in Hartford and made a nice play to Pavel Shen for a goal in Springfield. Koppanen has seven goals and 13 points in 25 games after scoring only two goals in 45 games last season.

— Pavel Shen scored what turned out to be the winning goal on Friday and set up a goal on Saturday. He has 2-1-3 in his last four games.

— The P-Bruins took advantage of a two on zero in Springfield as Ryan Fitzgerald and Brendan Gaunce tossed the puck back and forth to each other before Fitzgerald put it in for Providence’s third goal.

— Cooper Zech made a gorgeous pass to Robert Lantosi, who scored on a breakaway in Springfield. Lantosi also had an assist on Studnicka’s goal.

— The Bruins sent Steve Kampfer down on Saturday and then recalled him on Sunday. As a result, Kampfer was credited with serving the first game of his two-game AHL suspension when he did not play on Saturday night.

— Jeremy Lauzon’s plus-16 is tied for third in the AHL.

— Nine of Providence’s 12 games in January are at home.

BAD

— The power play went zero for five on the weekend.

— Providence was outshot, 14-6, and fell behind by two goals in the first period in Hartford.

— The AHL suspended Steve Kampfer for two games for a hit on Hartford’s Patrick Newell on Dec. 21. No issue with the suspension, but how did the referees miss it when it happened?

UGLY

— The P-Bruins will be without Jakub Lauko for an undetermined length of time after the rookie was injured on his first shift while playing for the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championship.

— Other injured players: Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Breen, Cameron Hughes, Anton Blidh

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